History is a Warm Gun.

February 28 – April 26, 2015

Pola Sieverding, ARENA #2 / #5 / #9 (2014), Bram Braam, Transition of Structures (2014), exhibition view Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, photo: Jens Ziehe, 2015Dirk Bell, Nichztunutzen (2015), Painting (Mistress) (2014), Rivka Rinn, Take Off I / II / III (2014), exhibition view Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, photo: Jens Ziehe, 2015Natalia Stachon, The History of Aberrations 01/05, (2014), Kerstin Honeit, Talking Business (2015), Assaf Gruber, The Anonymity of the Night (2014), exhibition view Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, photo: Jens Ziehe, 2015Sonya Schönberger, Michael, (2014), Dani Gal, Reality Estates: Fake Properties, Lifta (2015), Assaf Gruber, The Anonymity of the Night (2014), exhibition view Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, photo: Jens Ziehe, 2015
Artists: Claudia Angelmaier, Dirk Bell, Bram Braam, Aleksandra Domanović, Shahram Entekhabi, Christian Falsnaes, Dani Gal, Andreas Greiner, Assaf Gruber, Kerstin Honeit, Sven Johne, Eva Könnemann, Rivka Rinn, Sonya Schönberger, Pola Sieverding, Natalia Stachon

Curator: Britta Schmitz

With the exhibition
History is a Warm Gun, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in 2015 resumes the series of exhibitions by fellows of the Fine Arts Scholarship of the Berlin Senate. The art deals with life as such - directly and over again, reflecting experiences and responding on its own level of reflection. And yet, life in its diversity and unpredictability ensures that art always presents new questions and issues – History is a Warm Gun is an exhibition, expressing the experience of reality by artists, whose center of life and work is in Berlin, and who in 2014 were granted the Fine Arts Scholarship of the Berlin Senate. The exhibition maps out various perspectives on history by today’s generation of artists. In a playful manner, the title refers to the Beatles song Happiness is a Warm Gun and emphasizes the empowerment of the participating artists to develop, also contrary to established historiography, own historical narratives. History is a Warm Gun captures a current trend in art production and accompanies the selection of the artists in a seismographic way. The exhibition outlines a wide range of questions that are picked up by a younger generation of artists and that are dedicated to the mutual contemplation of past and present with recourse to historical and personal events. In doing so, it is discussed how and which history and stories are relevant and how they are communicated in paintings, sculptures, installations and films. How do artists, who live in Berlin, deal with their country of birth or the country in which they live, and how does an interest in one’s own biography express itself? Hitherto neglected historical events are interrelated with current and personal events and are repeatedly put in the focus of production. The artists took advantage of the scholarship in order to reflect their artistic practice and working methods, to conduct extensive research and to explore the influences of previous generations on their own artist generation. With references to history, ethnology or biology they discuss in videos, photographs, paintings, sculptures, installations, and performances diverse social, cultural and political issues.


The exhibition is accompanied by a publication as part of the n.b.k. book series “Berlin”, published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, with a foreword by Tim Renner and Marius Babias, as well as texts by Jan Brandt, Britta Schmitz and Silke Wittig.

Public Program

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7 pm
Back to the Future – Civilizational Histories in Visual Arts
Panel discussion with Susanne von Falkenhausen (Professor of Modern Art History, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Judith Welter (collection curator Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich) and Hilke Thode-Arora (curator, Five Continents Museum, Munich), moderated by Britta Schmitz (Chief Curator of Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin)

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7 pm
Performance Reloaded
Panel discussion with Christian Falsnaes (artist, Berlin), Kerstin Honeit (artist, Berlin), and Sonya Schönberger (artist, Berlin), moderated by Kathleen Rahn (Director Kunstverein Hannover)

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 8 pm
Gut Plays Gut – Her History
DJ gig by Gudrun Gut